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Russian Grammar for Dutch Students: the most challengeable cases

Student: Lana Arkema

Supervisor: Anna Leontieva

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Russian as a Foreign Language in Cross-Linguistic and Cross-Cultural Perspective (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2019

This master thesis focusses on a concept difficult to grasp for native Dutch students of Russian, namely the difference of two prepositions: the Dutch preposition voor and the Russian для. More precisely, this master-thesis examines when interference of these prepositions occurs and in which cases this interference is grammatically correct or incorrect and which grammatical rules can be implemented to aid native Dutch students in using these prepositions correctly. This goal is achieved by means of examining the semantic roles both prepositions entail, the encoding of the dative in both languages, and finally a test which has been taken by native Dutch students of Russian at the University of Amsterdam to verify the findings. Concluded is that students will have most difficulty differentiating the differences between для, за and на.

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